National Cherry Blossom Fest Honors Japanese Culture

Photos of the cherry blossom trees blooming in Washington D.C. during the 2006 National Cherry Blossom Festival
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White and pale pink blossoms grace the branches of the Washington, D.C., cherry trees for only a few weeks in the spring.

The flowing cherry trees, known as sakura in Japan, don't produce the same types of cherries sold in grocery stores. Their small, shiny-black to purple berries have very little flesh around their pits. When the fruits mature they are quickly eaten by birds and are gone by mid-summer.

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